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Old 23 September 2015, 12:03 AM
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This page shows some of the issues with allowing only clergy and public officials to officiate weddings.

This is from an organization whose entire purpose is to ordain ordinary people to allow them to be officiants. But licenses require people so ordained to call themselves ministers, and call the ceremony a religious one, because only public officials are allowed (in some states) to perform civil marriages. Obviously this page is a summary and won't apply to all states, but it must be enough to make this their general advice.
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